Predators defenseman Hal Gill
will miss Game 1 of his team's Western Conference Quarterfinal series against Detroit with a lower-body injury.
, 26, took his place in the lineup and made his playoff debut Wednesday night. Gill, acquired from Montreal in February, finished 16th in the League in blocked shots and led Nashville in shorthanded time on ice per game.
and Matt Halischuk
earned the spots on the wings on the fourth line, which is centered by Paul Gaustad
. Coach Barry Trotz
seemed like he might play rookie speedster Craig Smith
, but opted for the larger Yip on the right side. Earlier in the day, Trotz compared Yip to last year's playoff hero for Nashville, Joel Ward
Veteran right wing Jordin Tootoo
, center Colin Wilson
and wing Brian McGrattan
were the other scratches for Nashville.
As expected, center Darren Helm
returned to the lineup for Detroit. Forward Gustav Nyquist
was scratched in favor of Cory Emmerton
, who had six goals and four assists in 71 games.